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Archives: March 2013


South Sound students win regional art awards

Judges have named seven regional winners in the 40th Annual High School Art Show – including one from Henderson Bay High School in Gig Harbor and another from Emerald Ridge High School on South Hill. The competition is sponsored by the Puget Sound Educational Service District, which offers support services to school districts in the region.

Haley Wade from Henderson Bay is one of the regional winners. She won for her digitally altered photograph, titled “Childhood.”

The Emerald Ridge student asked that his or her name not be publicized, according to a news release. The work is a ceramic

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Book discussion & author appearance: “Schools Cannot Do It Alone”

Parents, educators and others can talk about author Jamie Vollmer’s book, “Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools” in advance of his upcoming public appearance here.

A Community Book Study is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday March 22 at the Evergreen State College/Tacoma, 1210 6th Ave.

Vollmer will also be in Tacoma March 28, with a public presentation scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 28 in the Wilson High School auditorium, 1202 N. Orchard St.

Evergreen professor Barbara Laners, along with representatives from Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Council PTA, Vibrant Schools Tacoma and

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Tacoma school board schedules discussions on charter schools, elementary education

The Tacoma School Board will meet with its elementary school principals and, in a separate discussion, talk about the ramifications of the state’s new charter school law, when it gathers this Thursday.

The discussion with principals is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday on the fourth floor auditorium at the district’s Central Administration Building, 601 S. Eighth St., Tacoma. A second discussion, that will include charter schools, is set to begin at 6 p.m.

The meeting is a study session, so no action is anticipated. Last week, board members said they wanted to take a look at what it might mean

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Understand how your kids learn; get them college-ready

The Tacoma Teaching Black Male Learners Project will bring two educator-authors, Mychal Wynn and Dr. William L. McBride, to the school district Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19-20, to meet with staff, parents and the community. The public can attend two free evening presentations – one from each expert.

Wynn will speak to parents and community members Tuesday March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCarver Elementary School, 2111 S. J St.

Wynn believes college preparation begins in preschool, and if parents don’t start thinking about college when their child enters school, they will be at risk of not

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They’ll celebrate today with the wearin’ of the maroon

Take a break today from getting your Irish on for St. Patrick’s Day to mark another March 17 anniversary: The 125th birthday of the University of Puget Sound.

The City of Tacoma has declared March 17 University of Puget Sound Day, in recognition of all that the city’s residents and the university have shared together since 1888. So watch for loyal Logger alums wearing maroon.

To help celebrate the anniversary, friends and visitors including Bill Cosby, Robert Reich, the university’s community music children’s violin class, the university’s Adelphian choir alumni and many others have wished a “Happy Birthday” via video.

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Architects named to dream up a new kind of school campus at Point Defiance Park

Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute (SAMI), already a school with a reputation for innovation, could become as well known for its campus as for its curriculum.

The school, which is set to graduate its first seniors this year, is one of the beneficiaries of the $500 million bond measure approved last month by Tacoma voters.

Since it opened in 2009, the school has been housed in a string of portable buildings near the main entrance of Point Defiance Park. But when it’s rebuilt, it might not stay there.

School district and Metro Parks officials are in talks now to

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Tacoma School Board to ponder becoming a charter school authorizer

During last fall’s campaign for charter schools, members of the Tacoma School Board voted to oppose the ballot initiative.

But now that voters have approved the measure, board members are preparing to talk about whether they should become a charter school authorizer.

Under Initiative 1240, the independent, publicly funded schools could be authorized to begin operations either by a local school board or by a recently appointed statewide commission. But school boards must apply to state officials for the privilege.

On Thursday, Tacoma board members agreed to discuss the possibility at their March 28 meeting. The school district has until

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Puyallup Library hosts free sessions on college entrance tests

The Puyallup Public Library and Kaplan, a company that sells test preparation and other educational services, will offer free workshops to help students apply for college.

A  free SAT/ACT practice test is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Those who register will be given a practice test that will reflect what it is like to take the actual SAT and ACT. Test-takers should come prepared with a pencil, eraser, calculator, and snack.

In a follow-up session scheduled for 6-7 p.m. April 9, students may pick up test results and attend a test strategies seminar.  Those who

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